The Salisbury Poisonings cast: Who is in the cast of The Salisbury Poisonings?

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The Salisbury Poisonings premieres on Sunday, June 14 at 9pm on BBC One. The remaining two episodes will air on consecutive evenings (Monday, June 15), concluding on Tuesday, June 16. The series is a dramatisation of the 2018 Novichok poisonings but who is in the cast? has everything you need to know.

Who is in the cast of The Salisbury Poisonings?

Tracy Daszkiewicz – Anne-Marie Duff

BAFTA-nominated actress Anne-Marie Duff portrays Tracy Daszkiewicz in The Salisbury Poisonings.

The three-part series follows Daszkiewicz, who was the Director of Public Health in Wiltshire and how she and her colleagues responded to the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Duff is best known for playing Erin Wiley in Sex Education, Ma Costa in His Dark Materials and Fiona Gallagher in Shameless.

Speaking to the BBC about portraying Daszkiewicz, Duff said: “I was keen to tell her story and let people know what an extraordinary carer she is. She is the kind of person who doesn’t let go of the truth and will hunt it down.

“She is not interested in bureaucracy or people-pleasing. She’s just absolutely interested in taking care of people in a very true way, that’s her innate personality.”

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Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey – Rafe Spall

Rafe Spall stars as Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

Nick Bailey was the officer who attended the Skripal house, believing they were suffering from a fentanyl overdose.

At their home, he was exposed to the nerve agent and found himself in a serious condition in hospital.

Spall is best known for playing Jason in the Apple TV+ series Trying and George in The War of the Worlds.

He has also starred in Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, One Day and Life of Pi.

Spall said: “My character, Nick Bailey, was a high-flying, extremely dedicated, intelligent police officer, who had made the rank of Detective Sergeant.

“He has a wife and two children. He’s at work on a Sunday and he hears over the radio that there are two people with a suspected fentanyl overdose, and he decides to go there as it’s walking distance from him.

“Then these desperate circumstances ensue that change his life, and his family’s lives, forever. It’s been really harrowing for them and I just want to do them a service of getting their story out there.”

Dawn Sturgess-  MyAnna Buring 

Dawn Sturgess is portrayed by MyAnna Buring in The Salisbury Poisonings.

Sturgess died from Novichok poisoning on June 30, 2018, after she became exposed to the nerve agent which was held in a discarded perfume bottle.

The miniseries aims to shine a light on Sturgess’ life, away from how she was portrayed in the media.

Buring is best known for playing Tissaia in The Witcher and Edna Braithwaite in Downtown Abbey.

Buring said: “This is a real story that captured international headlines around the world, but when it comes to the filming of it, you don’t think about that.

“And it was important to not think about that because Dawn had no idea that would be her fate.

“She was just concerned with her life and what was going on in it. So it was quite easy to dismiss that and not be too concerned with it because that was right for the character.

“Personally, I think it’s quite extraordinary. I think all of us who’ve worked on this have been moved by how quickly we’ve all forgotten.

“We realised that we remembered headlines, but we’d forgotten details, and this very much brought to life again events that were deeply shocking.”

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Charlie Rowley – Johnny Harris

Johnny Harris stars as Charlie Rowley, the boyfriend of Dawn Sturgess.

Charlie also suffered Novichok poisoning but survived.

BAFTA nominee Harris is best known for playing Bruno Barnardi in Medici, and Ronnie Morgan in Fortitude.

He is also well recognised for his role as Mick in This Is England ’86, ’88 and ’90, and Franklin Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

Harris said: “On some level, I knew immediately on this project it was about serving Charlie Rowley.

“There was something about that man, about his story, and about him as a person, I just wanted to tell that story and do it justice.

“Some of the things that happen towards the end are so powerful and poignant that I was worried that they were dramatised. And so I had a couple of conversations and was told that ‘No, that’s exactly what happened.’

“Some of these things were verbatim. I found that very moving, and then I was on board.

“It was one of those projects that it’s not about money, or about kudos, or where you are in the billing. I wanted to tell Charlie Rowley’s story and I’m glad I did.”

Superintendent Dave Minty – Darren Boyd

Darren Boyd stars as Superintendent Dave Minty in the series.

For his role in response to the Salisbury nerve agent attacks, Minty was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Viewers will most likely recognise Boyd from his role as Frank in Killing Eve season one.

He is also well known for his roles in Green Wing, Spy, Fortitude and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.


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Other cast members in The Salisbury Poisonings include:

  • Stella Gonet as Caroline Sturgess
  • Ron Cook as Stan Sturgess
  • Melanie Gutteridge as Claire Sturgess
  • Sophia Ally as Gracie
  • Wayne Swann as Sergei Skripal
  • Natalie Klamer as Sergeant Tracy Holloway

The Salisbury Poisonings will air on 14th, 15th and 16th June

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